Part 1 Why Does an Exercise Have Phases?

In the introductory lessons, we briefly discussed the context and importance of an exercise program within an emergency management program.  Now we’ll look at how an exercise is put together in the five phases of an exercise, and then take a look at the various roles and responsibilities that exercise participants have in these phases. 

It may look like a lot of people are needed to run an exercise, and if you are from a small organization, or your exercise team is not large, you may think that it is too over-whelming.   This is not true as one person may have several roles and responsibilities over the course of an exercise.  In your everyday personal and work life, you wear several hats – you do not have separate people to cover each of your roles and responsibilities – there is only you.   Even if one person will have many roles, it still is necessary to have an understanding of what those roles and responsibilities are, and where they fit into the exercise phases.

Your exercise vocabulary will grow as a number of new terms will be introduced in the following lessons.

In Part 1, you’ll be introduced to:

  • Lesson 5 - The core elements, key principles, terms, concepts, and phases of an exercise program
  • Lesson 6 – The key roles and responsibilities of exercise participants



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